It’s as true as it is cliche…good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns.
News broke yesterday evening that a man opened fire in a busy restaurant just outside of Oklahoma City, OK, injuring two, only to be shot down by…you guessed it…a private citizen carrying a pistol.
Local station News 9 has the story:
A mother and daughter were shot Thursday night at a popular restaurant on Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City, police said.
According to Captain Bo Mathews with the Oklahoma City Police Department, the suspect described as an 18 to 20-year-old white male entered the restaurant and opened fire.
A mother and daughter celebrating a birthday were the shooting victims. They were both transported to OU Medical Center. News 9 has learned that the victims are Natalie Will and her daughter, Niah.
Police confirmed a third female victim has minor injuries.
A man that was trying to flee from the scene, fell and broke an arm.
Capt. Mathews says when the suspect exited the restaurant, he was confronted by a citizen who took out his own firearm, shooting and killing the suspect.
If you don’t know anything about Oklahoma’s gun laws, let me give you a quick rundown: it is incredibly easy to obtain a firearm in Oklahoma. In 2017, Guns and Ammo magazine ranked OK fourth on its list of the best states for gun owners. It has gun law leniency that gives David Hogg and Nancy Pelosi nightmares.
It is, most noteworthy, a shall-issue permit state for concealed carry, meaning anyone who meets basic minimum requirements to carry a handgun is legally allowed to. And the ability to protect oneself and others from a potential mass shooter is probably one of the top reasons these days one might be compelled to carry a handgun.
Liberals always want to talk about “common sense gun control”, but restricting the ability of law-abiding gun owners to purchase, carry, and conceal a firearm is just about the least common-sense thing I can think of when it comes to preventing gun violence. It’s said again and again and never ceases to be true: the areas in our country with the strictest gun laws have some of the highest rates of gun violence.
There’s no perfect solution to gun violence, no. This world is full of evil people and imperfect people and a good guy with a gun simply can’t always be there to stop the bad guys.
But the more good guys–and girls–there are out there who are willing to arm themselves, the better chance there is that when a criminal opens fire on a crowd of innocent people, they’ll be someone there to stop them.
And that’s exactly what happened in Oklahoma.